The talk throughout British boxing is the proposed fight between former titleholder David Haye and unbeaten rising contender Tyson Fury.
They have been talking smack like crazy on Twitter and elsewhere but, so far, nobody has signed on the dotted line as they continue to argue over money. Shocking right?
Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (18-0, 18 KOs), another rising heavyweight contender with a powerful punch, would like to fight either of them, or American Seth Mitchell, and says he will fight any of the three for just a fraction of the overall purse money.
"I'll take an 80-20 purse split and I will take the 20 percent to fight either David Haye, Tyson Fury or Seth Mitchell," the Russian puncher said. "In fact, if I lose, I will give them my 20 percent and I will walk away happy, knowing I don't deserve my [alphabet] ranking."
Abdusalamov, 32, had his first win of consequence last July when he smashed Maurice Byarm in the second round. In September, Abdusalamov, although dropped in the first round, knocked out former contender and multi-time world title challenger Jameel McCline in the second round. Then came an impressive fifth-round knockout of former Puerto Rican Olympian Victor Bisbal. In his most recent fight, Abdusalamov dispatched Sebastian Ceballos in the first round on April 27 in Argentina on middleweight champion Sergio Martinez's undercard.
"David Haye says he's having trouble getting Tyson Fury in a ring. He'll have no trouble with me and he can take the lion's share of the money," Abdusalamov said. “I am the future of heavyweight boxing and I'll fight anyone to prove it."
Sampson Lewkowicz, Abdusalamov's promoter, said his phone is fully charged and waiting for somebody to call who is interested in the fight.
"Mago fears no one," Lewkowicz said. "Instead of arguing about money, we are offering them a fight with a higher-rated fighter in the WBC and they can take most of the money. They will get paid and Mago will continue to prove he is the next heavyweight champion by knocking any of them out if they take the deal. Pick up the phone and call me. We will set it up quickly and let's make a fight."